OK so our band has started to write some music and lyrics but end up at times finding out our best stuff sounds similar to other songs. Like for instance one of us will play our riff and then one of the other member will say something like "that sounds kinda like <insert song here>" but the thing is the other members of the band would not have heard of this song so we couldnt have ripped it off. Does this happen to many bands?Like its very obvious or simple tune if you get what im saying. And whats your view on this should we scrap the work because it sounds similar or just go ahead with it.
dude, u shouldn't really care about that as long as ur being honest with urself, if u came up with that riff n it sounds like some song, just keep doin it, its all up to you, just don't try too hard.
A lot of famous bands fall into this trap. It's not a problem unless you get really big and a bunch of assholes decide to take apart your music to get you in trouble. Stuff resurfaces unconsciously. Just take it apart and put it back together until it sounds just like you want it and it'll be distinctive.

Listen to Smashing Pumpkins' "Rhinoceros," then Collective Soul's "Shine..."

Listen to "Viva la Vida," listen to "If I Could Fly," THEN listen to CCR's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain." There's a piece missing from the puzzle that nobody notices.

Or, if you really want to be confused, listen to Keane's "Everybody's Changing" and Papa Roach's "Lifeline" back to back.
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